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Derek Jarman, b.1942

Margaret Thatcher’s Lunch1987

Jarman clearly developed bodies of work that explored sexuality, religion and the esoteric but he also became explicitly political at times. His tended to focus his attention on British politics, in particular, the policies of the Conservative Government. Works such as Margaret Thatcher’s Lunch (1986) equate violent death with cold- blooded politicking. Scratched into the surface is the phrase; ‘GBH promises, promises, promises, The Affluent Society’. The cryptic GBH has variously been interpreted as ‘Grievous Bodily Harm’ of ‘Great British Horror’

MediumOil and mixed media on canvas
Dimensions45.7 x 41.2 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2020, 2020
Item NumberIMMA.4190
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Derek Jarman, Margaret Thatcher’s Lunch, 1987, Oil and mixed media on canvas, 45.7 x 41.2 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2020, 2020

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About the Artist

Derek Jarman 1942–1994

One of the most influential figures in twentieth-century British culture, Derek Jarman was an English film director, stage designer, diarist, artist, gardener, political activist and author. He was educated at the University of London and at the Slade School of Art.
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